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Survivor Stories: “I Feel Like I Can Conquer Anything Now.”

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:53 am | 48 comments.

Tomika-Bryan-for-PLTomika Bryant, Montgomery County

It started with me feeling really tired, just no energy, and I thought it was low blood sugar. And then I got an email that the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s mammography van was coming to my husband’s workplace at GlaxoSmithKline. My gynecologist had been telling me to get a mammogram and then the day the van was scheduled, I felt a lump in the shower. I thought I must have been imagining things. I got the mammogram done, told them about the lump I felt, and they saw it. I needed to get a biopsy. That was right before Mother’s Day in 2013.

Afterwards I got a call saying it was triple-negative breast cancer. She started talking about grade and tumor size and I didn’t know what it all meant. I decided to get a second opinion at Penn and wound up having surgery and treatment there. I had a double mastectomy and tram flap for reconstruction. I had to have chemo but no radiation because there was no node involvement. My treatment is all finished now.
Throughout the process, my mother and my husband made sure I was never alone. They asked questions and helped me. I sat my children down and explained everything to them and hoped they would understand. My son couldn’t imagine at the time how mommy could be sick. That didn’t happen. He was afraid. My daughter was all about the pink ribbon and asked a lot of questions. I teach her about looking out for things in her own body.
The whole experience showed me that I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought I was. It gave me a new reason for living and a new voice. I feel like I can conquer anything now. I feel like there are times in our lives when we let fear cripple us. Now after all I’ve gone through I learned that fear is not real. I don’t have time to play with fear.
When it was all done, I said I gave cancer its eviction notice out of my body and apparently it accepted that. I encourage other women to share their stories if they can because you don’t know who you might help. I was blessed because I had a large village of people who stepped in to help.

Give Extra, Support Breast Cancer Research in Pennsylvania

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:52 am | 119 comments.

Extra-Give-for-PL24 hours. Endless possibilities.  The PBCC is participating in the Extraordinary Give next Friday, November 21!  The Extra Give is a 24-hour giving marathon during which donors have the opportunity to contribute to the PBCC and the Lancaster County Community will give a little extra to increase the donation. Every penny donated to the Coalition will support Pennsylvania breast cancer researchers.  Take part in the Extra Give next Friday and bring us closer to a cure!

Contest alert! After you’ve donated, share the news using #PBCCGive on social media and we’ll send you a Coalition t-shirt!  Share it and wear it!

Genetics May Shield Latinas from Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:51 am | 67 comments.

woman-at-doctor-PLHispanics have less than a 10 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer when compared to 13 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 11 percent for African Americans.  A study led by a team at the University of California, San Francisco may have found why Latinas have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.  There is a genetic variation that is common in Hispanic women with indigenous American ancestry that appears to lower the risk of breast cancer.

The genetic variation may work by decreasing breast density or affecting the production of estrogen receptors.  Women who carry one copy of the variant were 40 percent less likely to develop breast cancer and those with two copies had double that level of protection.  The risk was especially low for estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer, which is an aggressive form.  This genetic variant may lower the risk of breast cancer, but is not the “silver bullet” because some women with the variant still get breast cancer.  Marc Hurlbert, the executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade is quoted in saying that this study is important because “if we can understand how this is protective, it might help us to develop better treatments for those who do get breast cancer.”

To read the complete study, click here.

Friends Are By Your Side Provides Wigs, Salon Services

Posted By on November 14th, 2014 at 7:50 am | 22 comments.

FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDEFriends-are-By-Your-Side-for-PL is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services, and grant children’s wishes.  The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Friends Are By Your Side, visit the website here.

White House Honors PBCC President Pat Halpin-Murphy as 2014 Champion of Change

Posted By on November 3rd, 2014 at 10:28 am | 74 comments.

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Great news! We are proud to announce that, this past week, The White House recognized our PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy as one of 2014’s Champions of Change! The Champions of Change program honors ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities. Pat received the distinction for her unparalleled work advocating for women’s health care and insurance coverage.

Pat was featured as a speaker on the White House Champions of Change panel, discussing the Affordable Care Act and Pennsylvania’s Free Treatment program for breast cancer.

Congratulations, Pat! If you would like to send Pat a message, click here.

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Conference 2014: Join us in Honoring Outstanding Oncologist, Dr. Kevin Fox

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:41 pm | 119 comments.

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Pat Halpin-Murphy, PBCC President and Founder

Thousands of women are alive today, thanks to Dr. Kevin Fox.

Dr. Fox’s expertise and compassion shines through in his patients at the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. For his excellence in oncology, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will award Dr. Fox with the Potamkin Prize at the 2014 Conference on October 13 in Harrisburg. We hope you will join us in acknowledging the exceptional care he has provided to women in Pennsylvania for decades.

Dr. Fox will also present the PBCC Conference Plenary Workshop Session. Don’t miss it!

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Fox and his incredible work with breast cancer patients across the state.

To register for the 2014 PBCC Conference, click here.

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Medicaid Expansion to Provide Coverage for Thousands in PA

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 50 comments.

Medicaid-Expansion-for-PlEffective January 1, more than 400,000 low-income Pennsylvania residents will be eligible to receive new healthcare coverage through Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved an expansion of Medicaid through an amended version of the Healthy PA program for Pennsylvanians who meet certain income criteria. Who does the new ruling cover?

Medicaid expansion covers individuals and families with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level.  For example, a single Pennsylvania resident earning less than $16,105 will qualify to receive free coverage.  A family of two earning less than $21,707 would also benefit from the expanded coverage.

Enrollment for coverage under the Healthy PA expansion will open December 1 and effective January 1.  The coverage can be retroactive to help with medical bills incurred in the past three months prior.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s expansion of Medicaid click here.

 

Research Breakthrough: Blood Test Detects Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Posted By on September 15th, 2014 at 3:33 pm | 57 comments.

Blood-vials-for-PLScientists in Israel say they have developed the first blood test for the early detection of breast cancer.  This test is called Octavia Pink and is currently available in Israel and Italy.  What about here in the U.S.?

In the U.S., Octavia Pink is undergoing clinical trials in order to receive FDA approval.  The test works by looking at antibodies in the blood.  In addition to this test, EventusDx has developed a new technology that can process 96 blood samples at one time and takes no more than 3 hours.  This technology allows a woman’s doctor to rule out or confirm a diagnosis very quickly.  Researchers say the Octavia Pink test has proven to be more accurate at detecting breast cancer than mammograms.  Results of the Israeli study show that the test correctly diagnosed 95% of healthy women and 75% of women with breast cancer.

To read the complete article, click here.